The recently unveiled Our SG Arts Plan (2018–2022) maps the strategic priorities and initiatives of the National Arts Council (NAC) over the next five years. This blueprint follows on earlier masterplans, namely the 1989 Report of the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts, the Renaissance City Plans of the 2000s, and the 2012 Arts and Culture Strategic Review.
To what extent are the priorities in this new plan the most important ones facing Singapore arts and culture at this stage of development? Are there areas that ought to be part of it but which have been left out? What are the issues and challenges that the NAC will face in implementing the plan? What, in particular, are the specific opportunities and obstacles faced by each sector?
This is the seventh in a series of roundtable discussions jointly organised by the Institute of Policy Studies and the Singapore Art Museum about cultural policy in Singapore. To allow for free and frank exchange, this will be a “closed-door” roundtable held under the Chatham House Rule.
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About the IPS-SAM Spotlight on Cultural Policy Series
The IPS-SAM Spotlight on Cultural Policy Series is a space for frank, robust and collegial discussion of the issues and challenges related to arts and cultural policy in Singapore. Each discussion will gather members of the arts and creative community, policymakers, academics and other stakeholders working across different fields, to discuss a specific, timely topic about the arts and cultural policy landscape in Singapore. The goal is to assess current policies and offer recommendations for the future. The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is the venue sponsor for the 2015–2018 series.
Since 2015, six roundtable discussions have been held. The seminars in the series are: